Summer Wrap Up

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I’ve had a great summer. There were, of course, ups and downs. But overall I had a great time.

Worst Thing that Happened to Me

I seriously sprained my ankle and was laid up in bed for about two and a half weeks. Of course there were pros, such as watching TV and being spoiled. But after a couple days I was so tired of being in bed all day.

Idaho/Wyoming

 About half a week after I was able to get off crutches, my parents, sister, and I went to Idaho, and stayed with a congregation that my sister was going on a mission trip with. There I ‘jogged’ a 5k, and I had a hard time, with my freshly healed ankle. After our time in Idaho, we drove to the Grand Tetons, an amazing place. Certain parts of the mountain range looked a little like it was out of Lord of the Rings. We had a great time. We went to Yellowstone for a day and saw Old Faithful erupt, and much to our dismay, it wasn’t all that fantastic. On one of our hikes in the Tetons, we say that old famous cabin that there are so many photographs of. That was pretty amazing. The town of Jackson Hole, where we stayed, was very cute with lots of wonderful little shops and some pretty darn good food.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming (had no idea it was this gorgeous)
Reminder; I didn’t take these pictures.

Swimming, enough?

 Along with being gone, my ankle injury, and overall laziness, I didn’t swim near as much as I wanted to this year. I’m very white, and my hair didn’t get a shade lighter or greenish like it usually does.

“Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.” --Caroline Myss (via theriverjordyn):

Watermelon or Strawberries?

 Lol, I had to add in a random question. Although, I love watermelon, it’s strawberries, of course!

Photo: Michael  "I shoot with a Nikon D80 camera and use mostly a 100mm macro lense." #Strawberries:

A Few Random Little Things

This was my summer of Superheroes. I had seen a few random ones last year, but this year I watched a lot. I’m not like crazy about them, but I did certainly enjoy them, for the most part. You would probably be able to guess who my favorite is. Captain America, of course (at least as far as marvel goes. Batman is my favorite DC).

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I got a several paintings done this summer, so I’m happy with that. Here’s one I did, probably my favorite that I did this summer.

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Oh, and my tolerance for animals was strengthened. I’m not an animal person, but I’ve gotten a little better at not being disgusted or grumpy at them. I can be perfectly civilized with them.

Camp/Visiting/More Visiting

So after some little fun things, such as bowling, bike rides, and a birthday, I had a really, really amazing trip. I went to a Youth Camp that I attended last year, a lot of my best friends are there, so it was terrific seeing everyone again. After camp, I went home with some of my friends, and I had a truly terrific time. We went to the beach twice, and the beaches there, compared to where I live, are amazing, sunny, perfect weather, and big waves.

 Balboa Pier:

They also took me to an amusement park, and that was totally incredible. I had never been on a real roller coaster, so it was quite an experience. I loved it.

Ninja  Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA:

After having a wonderful week at that family’s home, I went to another friend’s house. We had a very nice time, watched lots of TV, and had some really yummy frozen yogurt.

Easy No Churn Strawberry Frozen Yogurt:

My parents missed me, and they missed my sister who had gone on her own spectacular adventure, too and we missed them. It was good to finally get home.

When I got home, just a few weeks ago, I was exhausted, but exactly a week afterwards it was time to head off for our family’s vacation. We stayed in an interesting, hobbit-like cottage/cabin. We went to the beach there, too, and it was really different than the previous two I had been to, but still any beach is better than no beach.

The last day we were there, we went to an incredibly interesting, not nice, but interesting restaurant on a pier, like an old pier, with piles of buoys, ropes, etc. It was like out of a movie. There were tons of seagulls, boats, and other sea life around. It wasn’t very sanitary, there was a lot of seagull… ahem drops, and the seagulls landed on nearby tables, making noises loudly. The food was fish and chips or burgers, and I wasn’t impressed with either.  But it was a really cool experience.

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After that we went to a gorgeous garden. You could see the ocean from the garden. There I purchased a beautiful little succulent that I plan on keeping in my room.

Let love grow, succulent wedding favors // Sweet Julep Photography LLP:

So overall, I had a lovely, wonderful summer, busier than my other’s had been, and it was really fun.

I'm very selective about who I spend my time with.:

As school starts, I’ll be busier, but hopefully still be able to type out some posts. I wish you all luck and God’s blessings as you start your own school adventures.

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Purposeful Pages Linkup: August Edition

Purposeful Pages Meme

So I was hoping to do the link up last month but I was leaving for a trip, and didn’t have time. Anyhow, thanks to Amanda from Scattered Journal Pages for hosting the link-up.

Purposeful Pages is a monthly link-up designed to unite bloggers on answering questions about life, blogging, the Bible, writing, and books.

 

Question One // What book of the Bible has taught you the most this month?

Romans. Romans 8 to be specific.

Question Two // How would you react if you were in the positions of either Esther?

I’d probably botch it all up. I probably would get so caught up in the whole ‘being queen’ thing and forget to pay attention to my people. If I was paying attention, I would have been scared and worried, etc, instead of making the best like Esther did.

Tiffany Dupont as Queen Esther in "One Night with the King" (2006):

Question Three // If you could have a book character for a sibling, who would it be, and what makes you two alike?

Wow. What a great question… Um. I guess I would want someone like Wendy Darling to be my sibling. We  both love fairytales, and dream of adventures and such. But we’re different in a lot of ways, too. I feel she’d be a wonderful sister who would teach me to love magic and such.

Wendy and lost boys:

Question Four // If you’re a novelist, answer: How would your main character most likely spend his or her Friday night?

To be honest, I haven’t written in a long time. But I have several beginnings of novels. So I believe the main character in my most recent story, named Adelaide, would spend her Friday night curled up on her window seat staring at the stars. She gets headaches often, so she’d probably have a cold pack around her neck. If her head didn’t hurt, she’d be writing a letter, to her friend, who is traveling abroad, Evelyn.

Время все лечит, хотите ли вы этого или нет. Время все лечит, все забирает, оставляя в конце лишь темноту. Иногда в этой темноте мы встречаем других, а иногда теряем их там опять.:

Question Five // What are the top three books you’re just dying to read?

Hhmmmmmm… Well… I’ve been looking forward to reading the Screwtape letters, which I’ll be reading for school, and Silas Marner, and I’m planning on finishing up the Series of Unfortunate events again. I’ve been re-reading it, but I stopped on the eighth book, so I need to finish it.

Question Six // Can you briefly share the story behind your blog’s name?

I was thinking about making a blog, and I wanted a rather general blog. I had been thinking about the kind of general blog I wanted and I wanted one where I could talk about music, words, quotes, and other classiness. I like nostalgia and aesthetic things. I wish it was easier to be classy but it’s hard in this day and age.

Question Eight // Who are a few of your favorite bloggers?

Hmm… Well Amanda from Scattered Journal Pages is great, she’s a terrific writer with wisdom beyond her age. Faith from Story of Fire is incredible, and I know that she personally is lovely. I have others but those are just the ones that popped into my head.

Question Nine // If you could go on a road trip of your dreams, where would you go and who would you spend time with?

A road trip? Like in America? I’d go through New England area and see colonial stuff. I’d love to see Pennsylvania and Virginia, New York, etc.

Question Ten // Using five words or less, tell a story.

I’ve found silence isn’t golden.

 

So that’s that. Thanks again to Amanda. You can join the link-up, too, if you have a blog. Just go to her website and click on the page about the link-up.

Hopefully I’ll get another post out before school starts, like a summer wrap up.

I look forward to hearing your comments.